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Need to lose some PC weight?

Shave off the bulk with a lighter Office version.

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This story appears in the August 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If the thought of weighing down your PC with Microsoft Office 2007 gives you pause, why not take the OpenOffice.org taste test? Version 2.2 can satisfy your craving for a word processor, spreadsheet program, database manager, drawing program and multimedia presenter without leaving your PC feeling bloated.

The long-standing Microsoft alternative looks like Office, works like Office and swaps files created in Windows and Mac versions of Office as well as PDFs and other popular formats. With more than 80 million downloads logged, it's estimated that about one-fifth of small businesses have tried the free suite.

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